She has been a full professor of Basic Psychology at UPF since 2009 and holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology (University of Barcelona, 1986). Following her postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute and at the CNRS in Paris, she became a lecturer of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Barcelona between 1988 and 2009. She has been a guest researcher at different research centres such as the IRCS at the University of Pennsylvania, the ICN at University College London, and the University of Chicago.
She was internationally recognized with a James S. McDonnell Foundation award (“Bridging Mind, Brain and Behavior” programme) in 2001 and gave the prestigious “Nijmegen Lectures” in 2005. In 2009 she obtained the ICREA Acadèmia award and in 2012 the Narcís Monturiol medal, in recognition of her contribution to science. In December 2012 she was appointed a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).
She was a member of the advisory board for the OECD’s “Brain and Learning” initiative from 2002 to 2006. She is the coordinator of the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 research consortium, which investigates bilingualism and cognitive neuroscience (BRAINGLOT) and is made up of six interdisciplinary research groups. Recently,she was awarded with the Advanced ERC grant (UNDER CONTROL project).
At the UPF’s Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC) she leads the Speech Acquisition and Perception Research Group (SAP), which studies the language learning process especially in bilingual populations.
She has written over 80 publications in international journals. She is currently associate editor of Developmental Science (2005) and of Language Learning and Development (2013), as well as a member of several editorial boards, such as Bilingualism,Language and Cognition and Trends in Neuroscience and Education.
A list of her journal publications and citation metrics can be found at: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-4215-2008